Mac Friday on Black Friday 2009?

Mac Friday on Black Friday 2009?

Rumours of unprecedented Apple discounts for Black Friday have been floating around the web all week, specifically after Boy Genius Report posted a story claiming to have a copy of a leaked flyer for a Nov 27th sale. Apple kart

The possibly-fake flyer reads that Apple stores will be offering a 25% discount off Macs and 30% off iPods, all limited to selected models.
The flyer boasted the following:
30% off selected iPods
25% off< all> Macs
15% off all accessories, Apple hardware & software

Most Macfans are skeptical of the legitimacy.
Tuaw declared Shenanigans on the flyer and suggests that the flyer is a fraud. “There is no flipping way this is going to happen” said Steven Sade.

I’d have to agree with Tuaw that the claims are highly unlikely although given the “back to school” discount we saw earlier this year one might wonder if Apple will continue on with the trend. Obviously Apple isn’t hurting for traffic in-store during the biggest shopping weekend of the year and Apple historically hasn’t done much wavering on price points.

Black Friday 2008 we saw Apple direct retail employees to reduce prices to match competitors advertised low prices on Macs. I’ve heard no reports of the same thing going down this year and big box retailers like BestBuy have limited discounts on Macs this time around.
Last year BestBuy also ran a 4 day sale offering $100 -$150 off the latest Macs including the Macbook Pro, notebooks, iMacs, Air and Mini.
BestBuy does have a price match guarantee excluding Thanksgiving day through until the Saturday after.

This Year..
BestBuy is limiting discounts to the unibody Macbook 13.3″ 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive that you can pick up for $849.99 after the $150 gift card has been applied.
8GB 5th generation iPod Nano’s $149
8GB 5th generation iPod Nano’s + 2-pack silicone case and powerblock wall charger $159
8GB 3rd generation iPod Touch + $30 gift card $199.99
$30 iTunes gift cards $25
iPhone cases for 3G & 3Gs $9.99
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8GB iPod Nano + $15 gift card $145.00
32GB iPod Touch + $30 gift card $295.00
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Radio Shack
In addition to the deals below, Radio Shack has discounted several iPhone & iPod accessories
most notably selected music speaker systems 1/2 Off (Gigaware)
8GB iPod Touch + $20 gift card $199.99
8GB iPod Nano + $15 gift card $149.99
iPhone cases for 3G & 3Gs $9.99
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Toys R Us
8GB iPod Touch + $50 gift card $199.99
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8GB iPod Touch + $50 iTunes gift card $195.00
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MacMall is running a 12 week BlackFriday sale that ends Dec 25th.
8GB 4th generation iPod Nano $120
+ FREE Engraving, Charger & Case on selected Nano,classic and shuffle.
MacBook Pro 13.3″ 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB Hard Drive $1099.99 ($150 Mail-in Rebate)

On the higher end:
Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9600MGT 512MB VR, SuperDrive $2099.99

+ receive FREE Parallels 5.0 & an HP All-In-One Printer with any Mac purchase (after mail-in rebate).
MacMall Sale

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